Date: 5th February 2015
Venue: Select Security Stadium
Widnes Vikings 19 man squad:
Patrick Ah Van, Kevin Brown, Hep Cahill, Liam Carberry, Chris Clarkson, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Dec Hulme, Willie Isa, Ben Kavanagh, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Cameron Phelps, Danny Tickle
Wigan Warriors 19 man squad:
John Bateman, Matty Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Connor Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Logan Tomkins, George Williams
The RL New Era is finally upon us and begins with last year’s runners-up Wigan Warriors travelling to Widnes Vikings.
It been a long time (or at least it feels like it has) since the Select Security Stadium hosted a Super League game and coincidentally the Warriors were the visitors that day, losing 24-10 to the Vikings back in August 2014.
Widnes is a place that hasn’t treated Shaun Wane’s men well recently as they have lost in two of their last three visits.
Wigan will be the favourites, just like they are to lift the Super League trophy, however Denis Betts’ side will be determined to show that their place in the top eight isn’t up for grabs with a big victory live on Sky Sports.
In team news, Widnes Vikings are without Paddy Flynn and Lloyd White as well as new recruit Gil Dudson who won’t be facing his former club. Chris Clarkson, Aaron Heremaia and Manase Manuokafoa are set to make their competitive debut with youngsters Liam Carberry and Dec Hulme also in contention.
Centres Iain Thornley and Dan Sarginson are injured for the Warriors with Taulima Tautai and Larne Patrick in the 19 ahead of what could be their debut for the club. Wane has also called on youngsters Ryan Sutton and Connor Farrell who have impressed the Wigan chief during pre-season.
It has been a long time coming but the new season is finally here and in Widnes and Wigan we have a match up guaranteed to bring Super League back with a bang.
My SuperBru prediction for this game is Widnes by 6, I fancy the Vikings to upset the odds and the viewers tuning in to the season opener. Either way it should be a close encounter.